Driver’s Licenses for All Legislation
Last week, the Minnesota House DFL introduced driver's licenses for all legislation, extending the privilege to be legally behind the wheel regardless of immigration status. This bill is about keeping families together, keeping our residents engaged in Minnesota, contributing to the economy, aiding public safety, and enabling the ability to participate in everyday activities like taking your kids to soccer practice or simply picking up groceries. By denying the right to a driver's license, we're denying families opportunities, endangering public safety, and criminalizing participation in civic life.
You can watch the press conference or read the bill here.
Update on Minnesota’s Economic Forecast
Twice each year, near the end of November and February, Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) produces a forecast of the state’s General Fund revenues and expenditures for current and future bienniums. There is no longer an anticipated shortfall for the 2022-23 fiscal year based on today’s announcement! The projected positive balance is $1.6 billion due to higher revenue forecast, lower state spending, and an increased balance for the current fiscal year.
At the legislature, we will prioritize investments that put people first and create a better quality of life for all Minnesotans.
Vaccination Video Series in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and English.
The Sahan Journal recently published an article with Community leaders who came together to produce a series of videos addressing questions and providing resources in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and English to communicate COVID-19 related information to individuals with language barriers.
You can read the article, share, and watch the videos here.
You can find additional information on COVID-19 resources by county, language, or cultural community at https://covidcommunitycoordinators.web.health.state.mn.us.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Connector Tool and Timeline
Minnesota has just launched a new tool to make reliable vaccine updates and COVID-19 related information reach you faster. The COVID-19 Vaccine Connector will help Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
When you become eligible, the Vaccine Connector will:
- alert you of your eligibility;
- connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and
- notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.
As Minnesotans become eligible for the vaccine, they will still make appointments directly through a registered vaccinator at this time. You can find vaccination centers near you here.
However, this Connector is an easy way for Minnesotans to stay updated about their eligibility and find opportunities to get a shot once it’s their turn. For more information about signing up, eligibility, and more, visit: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/.
Minnesotans unable to sign up online can have family or friends help them sign up online, or call 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone.
Vaccine distribution got off to a slow start throughout the nation, but Minnesota is making improvements every week as we receive more doses from the federal government. A new online vaccine locator map is available to help Minnesotans more easily find and connect with local vaccine providers. This map will grow as the federal government sends Minnesota more doses.
Another helpful resource for information about COVID-19 is https://mn.gov/covid19.
As spring approaches, we can also see our path out of this pandemic. Below is the Graphic that details more clearly, which population will get the vaccine and when. It’s important to note that if we reach our state’s goals, all Minnesotans by this summer will have access to get the vaccine.